Written by: Haransh Saini
The ‘Cottage Core’ trend, is a dreamy and artsy fashion aesthetic started by teens and young adults to bring the beauty of rural life to the limelight. It’s soft, beautiful, and very delicate bringing out the side of clothes that blooms in the gardens and lets you flow. While centred around the ideas of simplistic living and the melody of nature, it brings out a romantic harmony.
Now that we are done with fantasizing about Cottage Core, let us tell you about all you need to know and wear, to be that girl!
The first element is a no-brainer and quite essential for you to feel all decked up and get that feeling of being in the Renaissance era. It’s all about the high necklines, floor touching hems, and puffy shoulders that make a dress, a true Prairie’s feel.
Raffia bags, to be honest, are more of an aesthetic. It’s the perfect clickable insta-friendly bag that can be added to the scene even without using it. We love how raw and rustic it is, yet still managing to have its own place that makes it stand out. And, you really can’t miss the raffia in the cottage core scenario!
PUFFY/ BULGING SLEEVES
While shoulder pads make a bold statement, the puffy or bulging sleeves are just what you need to add some drama to your ensemble. Whenever we see puffy sleeves, it always takes us back to the Victorian era. With this scrunched-up detail, it adds a poise, and believe us, you can truly feel it.
Head Scarves, is a must statement to complement the cottage core look. Not only this, when you are having a bad hair day, there is nothing better than a pretty scarf to sneak in your hair while letting the rest of the hair loose. A tip we would like to give you here is, choosing a dusty palette and a silk/satin scarf. It will add all the grace you need without trying too much.
HINTS OF NATURE
The choice of palette is really important for this aesthetic. You want to make sure that you have hints of nature by infusing earthy colours like greens, browns, beiges, cream/off-whites, etc. Something that’s muted, dusty and soothing to suit the vibe.
Along with key colours, the look and feel of the trend can’t be achieved without highlighting some key prints starting with gingham, floral print, and of course artsy botanical prints.
HATS AND SCRUNCHIES
Do you know what we love the most about hats and scrunchies? Apart from being the simplest rescue on not so good hair days, they add that oomph to your look. So, apart from bringing that romantic sense to the cottage core aesthetic, we highly suggest you keep a hat and 1-2 scrunchies in your closet because they will be your best friends on some days, and you won’t even realize!
We think we have prepared you enough to be that cottage girl next door. So, which is going to be your first pick in the process? Will it be the Prairie dress or a bulging sleeve top or shirt?
We’d love to know more in the comments below.